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IMPORTANT: Messages from osprey experts

Rob Bierregaard July 1, 2015 at 7:24 am
I haven’t seen the little guy yet this morning, but I would be very surprised if he survived the night. That sure was tough to watch yesterday, but that whole process is as much a part of the essence of being an Osprey as is eating a fish. It’s part of the life of Ospreys that was rarely seen before we started putting cameras in nests. As hard as it is, we should not label the behavior as mean or cruel. Being mean or cruel implies that there is intent to do harm just for harm’s sake. Those young were responding to a set of stimuli (very little food being delivered to the nest and the presence of a very small young) in a way that evolution has hard-wired into them. It helps ensure their survival. Nature is not cruel. It is harsh, unforgiving, and often random (had the little guy been born 1st, he would have been just as aggressive as was his sibling), but not cruel or mean.

4818eecc88292926c58414a82c884c71Paul Henry ospreyzone July 1, 2015 at 8:17 am
Thanks Rob for bringing your knowledge and experience to help us all gain perspective here. We are all saddened by the events that unfolded before our eyes and it’s only natural for all of us to feel and express our emotions appropriately. There have been many issues pertaining to intervention which have been discussed amongst us all. There is no doubt in my mind that the right decision was made, to let nature take it’s course. By the way, that doesn’t equate to heartless, on the contrary, nobody feels worse about this then the apparent decision makers. I say apparent, because when all was said and done, and all the issues were properly weighed, there really weren’t any other options. It was clearly pointed out, by experts, that intervening at this stage could have spooked the whole nest to the point of losing all the young. If the little one was saved, and nursed back to health, what kind of a life would it have had, perhaps caged up in a zoo. I remember when I was younger I saw a golden eagle in captivity, caged behind a wire mesh. I could practically see it’s tears. As far as placing the little one in another nest, such a low probability of success would never have justified the possibility of spooking the nest. There’s a piece of me, however heavy hearted, that believes that perhaps it is better to be born free and die free. We mourn for the little one as we marvel at the wonders of nature.

Reprinted with the permission of John W. Fitzpatrick, Executive Director of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Hello Paul,

Thanks for your query, and you have my admiration for persevering. We know very well how tough your job is, including dealing with an anxious public.

Our policy with our Bird Cams project is essentially “just say no” to pleas for interference. The behavior you are witnessing – while seemingly cruel and heartless to us – is natural for many kinds of birds, especially those that feed on variable, unpredictable food supplies. The little nestling does have a chance to survive, but if it does not then that result was “meant to be” by the nature of Osprey breeding strategy. The wonderful things about these nest cameras also sometimes yield the difficult things for us to watch. As you might know, we actually post a “siblicide alert” on some of our cams where we suspect the possibility exists.

I’m copying your note to Charles Eldermire, project leader for our Bird Cams. He may have some additional comments, and he would be the one to ask if we might be able to use your stored files for biological analysis.

Best wishes, and good luck,

John W. Fitzpatrick

Director, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

In addition, Charles Eldermire, Bird Cams Project Leader, Cornell Lab of Ornithology Writes:

It’s also important to acknowledge that intervening can also cause problems of its own—depending on the ages of the birds in the nest, disturbing them can trigger an early fledge. We have restricted the scenarios in which we would even consider intervening to injuries or dangers that are explicitly human-derived. For example, 3 or 4 years ago we were alerted by viewers that one of the osprey chicks at the Hellgate Osprey nest was entangled in monofilament line. We consulted with our partners there (wildlife biologists, raptor researchers, raptor rehabbers) to determine if the monofilament was an issue, and if intervening was both likely to solve the issue AND not have bad effects on the other nestlings. In the end, a quick trip to the nest was scheduled via a bucket truck, the monofilament was removed, and the nestlings all eventually fledged. In that case, all of the permits were already in hand to be studying the ospreys, and we had already discussed how to approach issues in the nest.

Good luck to the young one—hope it all turns out well.


Charles Eldermire
Bird Cams Project Leader
Cornell Lab of Ornithology


I’ve been to your site—great cam! And I noticed the runt in the nest. This is just normal Osprey reproduction. It happens all the time and you should not intervene. It’s tough to watch, but it’s how nature works. Ospreys almost always lay 3 eggs and on average fledge between 1 and 1.5 young each year. They stagger the hatch so there is a spread of ages in the young. That way, if food is short, the first-hatched (and therefore largest) will get enough food to survive while the smaller nest mates do not. If all three young were the same size and there was only enough food for 1 young, none of the young would get enough food and they would all die. If there’s lots of food, the smallest will eventually get fed and can survive. These nest cams can show some gut-wrenching scenes. The most infamous perhaps was one of the very first Osprey cams (on Long Island somewhere), where the smallest young died. One of the adults carried it out of the nest and after several minutes flew back into the nest and fed it to the other young. Waste-not-want-not at its goriest. At Hog Island up in Maine just last week a Bald Eagle came in and took the young out of the nest. Last year at another nest, cameras documented a Great-horned Owl taking young Ospreys out of a nest in NJ or MD. All of these things have been going on for millions of years and Ospreys are doing fine.

Rob Bierregaard
Academy of Natural Sciences
Drexel University

“Interesting. They don’t often take over osprey poles—probably too small for them. They will coopt tree nests, which they can expand. We had a pair of eagles do this on the Vineyard. They built up the Osprey nest a lot and then the Ospreys came home and drove the eagles away, in a David v. Goliath story. The Ospreys successfully bred. They looked tiny in the nest, which sadly blew down this winter.”

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    1. CarolV July 8, 2018 at 2:24 pm - Reply

      George is on popbrella duty…… checkin’ the chicky

      • CarolV July 8, 2018 at 2:43 pm - Reply

        There’s been some alarming going on……….

        • CarolV July 8, 2018 at 2:49 pm - Reply

          Look at those cute little wingettes! And some sprouting fuzziness…………….. Jane is on her way down from perch…………

    2. Meli July 8, 2018 at 1:42 pm - Reply

      At 12:50 Jane takes the fish from George (making some excitement sounds) and feeds Squirmy and she is veery persistent. Squirmy ate for quite some time. Each time she stretches towards Squirmy, she lets out a little sound as if to tell Squirmy “eat”. So cute… Squirmy was already full, but George takes over the feeding and Squirmy isn’t interested, but George was very pushy… kept insisting…. Squirmy ate a few more bites just to make dad happy. At some point Jane takes a pieces from George’s beak and instead of eating it, gave it to Squirmy. Beautiful family! <3

    3. CarolV July 8, 2018 at 1:38 pm - Reply

      George has been sitting on the right for awhile while Jane daydreamed….
      Suddenly, “WHARK” what’s that George!
      Now Squirmy’s attention focuses………..

      • CarolV July 8, 2018 at 1:40 pm - Reply

        Jane fed Squirmy before herself for a good 10 mins, before turning the fish over to George

        • CarolV July 8, 2018 at 1:53 pm - Reply

          George started feeding Squirmy
          Then he fed Jane…..When Jane flew out, he started feeding Squirmy again……
          Squirmy wasn’t hungry but George kept offering till Squirmy started eating again…. that’s one stuffed osplet!

          • CarolV July 8, 2018 at 2:28 pm - Reply

            It was funny… Squirmy was so focused on where Jane had “disappeared” that George had to really work to get her attention back on him!

    4. Isabella July 8, 2018 at 1:31 pm - Reply

      About 12:50 fish. Fish came in. 12:51, baby O let the poop fly. Jane gave nice feeding. George block baby O’s head with his tail feathers. George than tried to top off baby O. He was done. So George fed Jane. Both tried to give him more. Not interested. Jane went for a dip 1:20 ish. George tried a few more times. Baby O is done!

      • Isabella July 8, 2018 at 1:39 pm - Reply

        Hog island sadly lost a chick to a GHO. Pray the two left will be spared. Seems like the owls know about this nest. Go away GHO!!

        • Isabella July 8, 2018 at 1:42 pm - Reply

          Long Island has GHO’s . Thankfully this nest so far has not had a problem. Hope that holds true!

    5. Betsy July 8, 2018 at 1:04 pm - Reply

      Chick is 1 week old today.

      • Betsy July 8, 2018 at 1:04 pm - Reply

        “The chicks are kept warm by their buff colored plumage of down feathers called the first down. The crop develops within the first week of their life, which stores food so that the chicks don’t need to be fed very frequently. They usually double their weight in the first week of their lives.

        At ten days of age, the chicks become fairly mobile, quickly approaching the female when she feeds them, fighting with their siblings when food is scarce and backing up to eject feces over the rim of the nest. It is around this time that their first down is replaced by a dense, wooly, dark colored, second down, which lasts another 10 to 15 days. A conspicuous light brown streak runs along their spine, the feet turn bluish-grey and the beak and claws, black.”

        • CarolV July 8, 2018 at 1:56 pm - Reply

          Somebody forgot to read that 10 days of age part to Squirmy! She’s had some mobility since like day 2! And going for the feedings!

          • Betsy July 8, 2018 at 7:52 pm - Reply

            CarolV: But, chick definitely read the part about doubling weight — I think it doubled just from this morning to this evening!! 😀

            • CarolV July 9, 2018 at 6:42 pm

              I know!

      • Isabella July 9, 2018 at 7:51 pm - Reply

        Whatcha talkin bout Willis! Lol. I know this line is overused, but it fits!

        • Isabella July 9, 2018 at 7:53 pm - Reply

          For Betsy’s pic…..Chick one week old today

    6. CarolV July 8, 2018 at 12:40 pm - Reply

      My first for the year….. and with Jane!

    7. CarolV July 8, 2018 at 11:31 am - Reply

      Jane is in, after a nice break…….. maybe took a quick dip? I hope so……

    8. DarDar July 8, 2018 at 11:10 am - Reply

      What difference a day makes in an osprey chick. Guess it could be equal to 3 weeks to humans? 1 week old and well fed seems to be very alert and balanced. Good times are a coming.

    9. CarolV July 8, 2018 at 10:22 am - Reply

      Nice epaulets!

    10. CarolV July 8, 2018 at 9:38 am - Reply

      Just liked the look…………..

      • CarolV July 8, 2018 at 9:45 am - Reply

        Somebody was REALLY moving out there!

    11. CarolV July 8, 2018 at 9:15 am - Reply


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      • Kara July 9, 2018 at 2:51 pm - Reply

        Hey be nice

    12. June c July 8, 2018 at 8:25 am - Reply

      Is the 3rd egg starting to hatch? 8:23

      • CarolV July 8, 2018 at 9:53 am - Reply

        I screwed up royally on my egg hatching opinions already so I have no comment………………….


      • june c July 8, 2018 at 10:46 am - Reply

        My eyes are playing tricks on me Ha

      • Admin Shelli July 8, 2018 at 10:47 am - Reply

        I don’t think so…but stranger things have happened.
        I guess time will tell. Anything’s possible at this nest lol

        • June c July 8, 2018 at 11:15 am - Reply

          Must have been the angle …I agree hope not…

    13. Meli July 8, 2018 at 8:21 am - Reply

      At around 8 Am, George uses his 1 on 1 time with Squirmy to feed him. Squirmy ate well, and fell asleep a few times during the breakfast.

    14. Donna July 8, 2018 at 8:05 am - Reply

      George being the good dad and feeding the baby @7:55. I believe that this one will be the only one this year. I would think that another egg would have hatched by now. Normally they are only 2-3 days apart.

    15. CarolV July 8, 2018 at 8:04 am - Reply

      George delivers his fish ON Jane……………

      • CarolV July 8, 2018 at 8:37 am - Reply

        Jane took the fish and flew out. George went right after. Jane was back in a few.

        • CarolV July 8, 2018 at 8:43 am - Reply

          Squirmy spots Jane. who then hopped to the right.
          She made an effort to feed Squirmy but decided she needed to sit on the chick instead.

          • CarolV July 8, 2018 at 8:47 am - Reply

            George came in with fish, but is ignored. Jane just held her spot.

            • CarolV July 8, 2018 at 8:49 am

              In a while, Jane leaves and George gets a chance to stuff Squirmy………….

            • CarolV July 8, 2018 at 8:52 am

              I wish I could make the gnats (no-see-’ems) show up in this pic. They look like fairy dust there are so many of them!
              George comes in to shade Squirmy………

            • CarolV July 8, 2018 at 9:06 am

              Jane is in on the right as George finds a buried fishtail, which he polished off……..

              Jane comes in. Look at Squirmy’s crop…. looks good

            • CarolV July 8, 2018 at 9:11 am

              Jane trying to get comfy………… hhmmmm…………
              Changed position before settling

              A comfortable 71 @ 9am. Sunny day ahead with high 70s and moderate humidity…… Happy Sunday, everyone

    16. CarolV July 8, 2018 at 7:51 am - Reply

      Moon shine………

      and sun taking over…

      • CarolV July 8, 2018 at 7:53 am - Reply

        Good Morning, Jane!

        • CarolV July 8, 2018 at 7:59 am - Reply

          Good Morning, George!
          Jane heads out for her morning jog…….

    17. Betsy July 7, 2018 at 11:53 pm - Reply


    18. CarolV July 7, 2018 at 9:44 pm - Reply

      Fireworks across the bay………

      • CarolV July 7, 2018 at 9:57 pm - Reply

        There were some quick flashes from somewhere that briefly lit up the nest, but didn’t seem to bother the birds.

        • CarolV July 7, 2018 at 10:03 pm - Reply

          Spoke too soon…… Hard to see but Jane is up.
          I have no idea what that ghost in the middle of the screen is…………….. then we went to blue screen

          • CarolV July 7, 2018 at 10:09 pm - Reply

            Came back already…. and nest lit up again….. those are boats out on the bay. Must be a good place to watch all the fireworks!

    19. CarolV July 7, 2018 at 9:14 pm - Reply

      As the sun sets………..

      • CarolV July 7, 2018 at 9:21 pm - Reply

        Jane’s been framed…………
        Glad that “tree” was moved right….. slightly better………..

        64 right now at 9…. dropping to 60 about dawn. clear all night
        Sunny and high 70s tomorrow

    20. CarolV July 7, 2018 at 8:35 pm - Reply

      Uh, oh……………………

      • CarolV July 7, 2018 at 8:37 pm - Reply

        Jane tries to resist……….

        • CarolV July 7, 2018 at 8:38 pm - Reply

          …. and tries to move it………..

          • CarolV July 7, 2018 at 8:48 pm - Reply

            …but George had his own opinion.
            It wound up flipping to the far side of the nest………. which Jane seemed okay with!

        • Trinity July 7, 2018 at 9:32 pm - Reply

          George’s decorating skills are very suspect this year..

    21. CarolV July 7, 2018 at 8:17 pm - Reply

      Pictures from that successful feeding @2:40ish……

      George came in at 14:22… Jane didn’t show any interest and George just stood quietly till she came to get it…..

      • CarolV July 7, 2018 at 8:23 pm - Reply

        George begging and
        ……….George with spaghetti (guts)

        • CarolV July 7, 2018 at 8:26 pm - Reply

          Jane fed steady and well, ; and Squirmy ate!
          Squirmy took a quick power nap………
          Squirmy making a move to grab a fallen piece. She spotted it and moved in on it…..

          • CarolV July 7, 2018 at 8:29 pm - Reply

            Squirmy tumbled down the slope, landing on her back…..
            she napped briefly, then woke up long enough to right herself

            • CarolV July 7, 2018 at 8:31 pm

              Jane looks full, too……….

          • CarolV July 7, 2018 at 8:34 pm - Reply

            @3:53…. George feeds Squirmy again
            ………..Resulting in another food coma………….

            Squirmy is managing larger pieces and eating for longer periods………. happy to see all of this!

          • Trinity July 7, 2018 at 9:38 pm - Reply

            It’s a very different dynamic with just the one chick. Private Squirmy is developing rather quickly since there is no competition for food.

    22. CarolV July 7, 2018 at 7:08 pm - Reply

      Look at these colors! Would paint a room that color of the water, if it could be duplicated! Never looks the same on a wall.
      Looks like Squirmy is saying her prayers… grateful for a full belly and her parents…………

      • CarolV July 7, 2018 at 7:10 pm - Reply

        Guess you can’t see the water if I don’t include the picture………….{ ;^))

        • CarolV July 7, 2018 at 7:44 pm - Reply

          And happy to see that small tree is moved more right……..!!!

    23. Lauren Kites July 7, 2018 at 6:34 pm - Reply

      Just like humans, osprey moms aren’t born pros at motherhood. The first is always the one human mothers learn the most through trial and error because motherhood is a unique experience based on unique relationships between mother and baby. Jane is going to be good mom She is doing just fine so far, her baby is alert, healthy and thriving.

    24. Trinity July 7, 2018 at 4:19 pm - Reply

      To all of those questioning the parental abilities of Jane, take a chill pill please ! She’s learning on the job and George will use his experience to compensate when necessary 😀

    25. CatZ July 7, 2018 at 3:37 pm - Reply

      I hope all you worry warts have been watching this afternoon feeding…. was ever so entertaining!! Just after 2:40pm ET Jane was eating on edge of nest when Jr woke up an PS’d on dads leg!! Then Jr wobbled his way right up to mom and she fed him well… he has a big crop and at one point I saw him try to pick up a big piece laying next to him on the board….very impressive!!! Dad cracked me up when he threw the guts overboard!! 😀

      • CarolV July 7, 2018 at 6:53 pm - Reply

        When I got home from work, I logged in just to see what was up. I wasn’t planning on scrolling back, as George hasn’t brought many fish in midday lately. So when I saw your post right on top, I had just enough time to catch the 2:40 feeding! Highly entertaining! Squirmy fell over in a food coma and staggered to the cup when he woke and fell over backwards into a food coma! I was happy to see she righted herself a minute or so later.

        And I was very impressed that she went after that dropped piece of fish And it was funny that George turned tables, getting Jane to feed HIM! It was great!!

        • CatZ July 8, 2018 at 9:12 am - Reply

          OH yeah, forgot to mention how George was doing ‘headstands’ to get Jane to notice him!!💕

    26. Deb C July 7, 2018 at 3:16 pm - Reply

      3:14 Junior well fed and asleep.

    27. Mark July 7, 2018 at 2:48 pm - Reply

      Wow the little chick appears inept.

      • Deb C July 7, 2018 at 4:05 pm - Reply

        He is not inept and we call him Junior. Thanks.

        • Debbie Fulton July 7, 2018 at 5:17 pm - Reply

          And Junior is a little sweetheart for sure…. Just trying to make his mark in this life. Like ps on dad.. Lol 🙂

          • Deb C July 9, 2018 at 12:13 pm - Reply

            lol thats right!!

    28. Elaine July 7, 2018 at 2:33 pm - Reply

      Hello everyone. Is it possible Gracie may return next year to be with George? I don’t think any of the other two eggs are going to hatch. I hope Lil One survives. He/she is so cute, and looks up to Jane to take care of him/her. I sometimes think Lil One is a boy.

    29. Mary Drotar July 7, 2018 at 2:33 pm - Reply

      Question, the nest behaviour is so different this year than in the past with George and Gracie. Is George sticking around so much because Jane is “new” at this or because of the intruders? In the avian world, are some parents just better than others (like humans)? Can’t someone please tell George to move that big branch in front of the camera? lol

      • Misha July 7, 2018 at 5:19 pm - Reply

        Hi Mary, in my experience (which is limited) it appears to me that she is a new mom who is trying to figure it all out and doing a bit better every day. And yes, there are some parents who are just a bit better than others and divorces do happen. Hopefully, she will continue to improve every day (today being a perfect example). I agree with you wholeheartedly, could George pretty please move the branch! LOL

    30. Lisa Marie July 7, 2018 at 12:50 pm - Reply

      Junior. Such a fitting name for our little one. Seeing as George seems to be the only one looking after him.

    31. Misha July 7, 2018 at 12:50 pm - Reply

      I don’t really think she’s rejecting baby. I think she’s probably a young, inexperienced mom and is on her learning curve. Hopefully, George will do what needs to be done and we will see Squirmy grow and fledge into a beautiful osprey. My theory comes from how she reacted to h/her hatch and how it startled her. Hang in there folks.

      • Misha July 7, 2018 at 12:51 pm - Reply

        Oooops….sorry, I didn’t mean to post that picture as a picture. I thought it would be my avatar. New here! Please forgive.

        • CarolV July 7, 2018 at 9:32 pm - Reply

          Good luck with your avatar! You’ll figure it out! Interesting picture!

    32. CarolV July 7, 2018 at 12:43 pm - Reply

      In defense of Jane and Squirmy….
      Jane is obviously a first time mother and she is trying. She did well yesterday
      Squirmy is ahead of other chicks in mobility and George picks up any meals Jane misses.
      All three are doing fine. Let’s see how things go before declaring anyone defective or rejected
      We prefer to be positive here
      Thank you

      • Meli July 7, 2018 at 3:33 pm - Reply

        Jane did very well today. She fed that little squirmy thing until he fell asleep…. between Jane and George and with only one mouth to feed and plenty of fish in the water, it should be ok.

    33. Sue July 7, 2018 at 12:16 pm - Reply

      Wow—Haven’t watched this nest much this year. Jane just doesn’t get the mothering role. I’m missing Gracie.

    34. Jim Varney July 7, 2018 at 11:20 am - Reply

      Watching this feeding here at 11:19 its clear Mommy is not to fond of Junior. What could be wrong with him?

      • Paula July 7, 2018 at 1:24 pm - Reply

        Hi Jim Varney,
        I don’t think there’s anything wrong with the chick, I think that Jane is so young she still acts like she’s a chick herself. I watched this feeding a couple of times and other than snatching the back of the baby’s neck, she acted just like the dominate chick in the nest. She definitely gave him some nasty looks and I was a little worried that the neck grabbing was coming. Thankfully it did not. She has the laying on him all the time down though!

        • Jim Varney July 7, 2018 at 3:35 pm - Reply

          Your probably right. Junior is looking better today anyway.

    35. Deb C July 7, 2018 at 10:56 am - Reply

      How is our Junior this morning I haven’t been able to tune in since yesterday???

      • Kara July 7, 2018 at 11:49 am - Reply

        Hi Deb, Junior was fed well by Pop. However we think Mom may be rejecting him. It could be that he is defective in some way that we can not tell.

    36. DarDar July 7, 2018 at 9:57 am - Reply

      Morning Osprey folks. Wondered if any early morning eyes saw a feeding before 6:15
      sat AM. I could not rewind that far. Hoping George sneaked a few bites to squirmy.

    37. Betsy July 7, 2018 at 8:23 am - Reply

      George feeding chick this morning with last evening’s leftovers.

    38. Laura July 7, 2018 at 8:18 am - Reply

      George flew in with a fish at 4 something this morning. Jane flew out of nest so George was able to give the baby a good breakfast. He fed him until he or she didn’t want any more. So glad to see the little one with a nice full belly. George is the best dad!

    39. CarolV July 7, 2018 at 6:12 am - Reply

      Jane slips out………….

      • CarolV July 7, 2018 at 6:18 am - Reply

        She was right back and on the nest. Then, George slipped in behind her and she was out again. George is sprucing up the nest……..

        • CarolV July 7, 2018 at 6:20 am - Reply

          and cuddle time…..

          • CarolV July 7, 2018 at 7:01 am - Reply

            6:52:01– Squirmy did a healthy squirty but just didn’t have the time to get that picture for you, folks! Maybe another day!

            • Betsy July 7, 2018 at 11:51 am


            • CarolV July 7, 2018 at 6:56 pm

              Thanks, Betsy! Knew I could count on you!

    40. CarolV July 7, 2018 at 5:48 am - Reply

      .George came in and found last night’s leftovers………

      • CarolV July 7, 2018 at 5:51 am - Reply

        George started feeding Squirmy
        Jane took off.
        George fed Squirmy till she couldn’t eat any more; then ate the rest, downing the tail

        • CarolV July 7, 2018 at 5:55 am - Reply

          Jane in the golden morning…….
          It’s a blessed 61- some cloudiness then sunny most of the day. High mud 70s. HAGD! Off to work.

    41. nfc July 7, 2018 at 5:13 am - Reply

      4:55 am Nice feeding by George for the little one.

    42. Miker July 7, 2018 at 5:06 am - Reply

      At 455 am George brings in a piece of fish he refuses to give it to Jane and immediately begins to feed squirmy Jane leaves george has taken over feeding the chick squirmy got stuffed

    43. CarolV July 6, 2018 at 9:50 pm - Reply

      76 right now; dropping to the blessed low 60s by dawn. Hallelujah!!!!! Sunny weekend ahead; mid to high 70s and low 60s at night. I’m good with that!

    44. PattyK July 6, 2018 at 9:39 pm - Reply

      7-18, 9:34pm Ok, so after posting the dissertation,, there is a most wonderful fuzzy site of George at the same place Gracie used to sit to oversee….another OMGosh moment, thank you…….

    45. Meli July 6, 2018 at 9:26 pm - Reply

      There were 2 fish brought in the nest this evening, one by Jane and one by George. Jane fed the baby for a very little time, the baby wanted more, but Jane decided to sit on her. George arrived with a fish right away, and was sitting by the edge of nest hoping to feed the baby, but Jane did not get up. Baby ate very little today… so much fish, good appetite, but the baby didn’t have too much to eat today. I like Squirmy, hope he is ok. <3

      • Betsy July 7, 2018 at 8:05 am - Reply

        Meli: Both fish in the evening were brought by George! 🙂

        The 1st:

      • Betsy July 7, 2018 at 8:06 am - Reply

        and, the 2nd:

    46. DarDar July 6, 2018 at 9:04 pm - Reply

      Hi All I just know I am not the only one concerned about baby feedings. Not an osprey expert BUT have a ton of hours watching osprey nests and this baby is not getting fed but just enuf to keep it alive. Nothing can be done I know that but no one has mentioned it so I will. High hopes things will improve pretty quickly.

      • Jim Varney July 7, 2018 at 11:02 am - Reply

        Hi, While I have not seen enough myself to be sure. It could be that the chick is not up to moms expectations and is now paying the price. Ospreys do this. actually most birds do. Nature is fascinating.

    47. CarolV July 6, 2018 at 8:31 pm - Reply

      George brings in a whole fish…….@20:07

      • CarolV July 6, 2018 at 8:33 pm - Reply

        Jane trips all over herself and the eggs getting up……….

        • CarolV July 6, 2018 at 8:40 pm - Reply

          She takes it to go…………..

          • CarolV July 6, 2018 at 8:58 pm - Reply

            The chick was all alone. I thought maybe Jane was on the right because Squirmy was heading that way.
            There was a jump in the film and Jane was there. She tried to feed Squirmy but I don’t think she got much.
            Jane decided to sit on the chick and eggs, abandoning the fish.

            • CarolV July 6, 2018 at 9:12 pm

              George is standing over there, with hopefully leftovers. He was snacking and I was hoping Jane might stand up, letting Squirmy loose. But she’s settled in.

            • CarolV July 6, 2018 at 9:23 pm

              Figures…… when you really want Jane to get up, she’s glued in place. Getting late. Hoping for an early morning breakfish.

            • CarolV July 6, 2018 at 9:38 pm

              This made me feel a little better. I watched the feeding again and Squirmy did eat something, more than I had seen.. I thought she had dropped some big pieces, like she usually does. But if you look carefully, that chunk sticking out of the side of her beak was manipulated around , in some other feeding attempts, and she swallowed it With another good size chunk and some small shreds, she didn’t go to bed hungry.


            • CarolV July 6, 2018 at 9:39 pm

              It’s bigger than it looks………… honest

    48. PattyK July 6, 2018 at 7:55 pm - Reply

      7/6/20186:14pmFirst season that we cannot watch OZ site all the time; most of 24/7.we used to love being able to see sweet Gracie perched at night ….You Tube works when OZ cam circles, freezes, etc, such a shame, I know that Tommy, Christina, Paul( still involved?), Aidan and the wonderful Admins work to provide us with this special link into the Osprey world… things change, life goes on,We remember the first season, the nest building, next was Gracie screeching to new Daddy George,”more fish, more fish” for her babies, the next season was a piece of cake for both of them….Studmuffin fishing fishing, the lovebirds feeding each other and the brood, and dear Gracie was a.professional feeding machine for their babes, We lived through PeeWee, the Rescue, Eggbert, the cam delay for this season and seeing how George is teaching new Momma Jane to take care of Little One.Guessing the other eggs are not viable, but little no name will benefit and already is showing his/her physical strength. A loving shout out to Betsy, CarolV, Admins and all the happy followers….geeze,we don’t comment much, lol, but make up for that with a dissertation ! Hugs to all, PattyK et gang

      • CarolV July 6, 2018 at 9:20 pm - Reply

        PattyK…. I know a few times, like the 2 freeze-ups today, I’ve checked youtube and they had the same issues, and the same missing hours in their streams. Yes, there have been times when youtube worked, but there are different issues at different times.
        I miss the continuity of the “old days”. too. Knowing we could check in and see if the moon was shining or the birds were up. But, for now, I’m just glad these compromise fixes keep the stream going at all. We were losing it a lot until Aidan set up whatever he did to keep it running.
        So I’m glad you and the gang are hangin’ in for the ride, even if the horse is limping a little! Loved hearing from you……

      • Betsy July 7, 2018 at 8:10 am - Reply

        PattyK: Thank you!! Unfortunately, I don’t post pictures as much as I would love to!!

    49. CarolV July 6, 2018 at 7:30 pm - Reply

      and back.

    50. Mary July 6, 2018 at 7:11 pm - Reply

      If it’s George and Jane of the Jetsons, it might be daughter Judy or son Elroy…or Astro the dog.

      • June c July 7, 2018 at 7:40 am - Reply

        Thats so funny I loved that show as a kid….

    51. Paula July 6, 2018 at 6:25 pm - Reply

      Hi All,

      So has there been a fish since 11:30 or so. I haven’t seen one but I’ve been stumbling around trying to get some yard work done now that you can breath outside and not melt into a puddle but of course that means missing the OZ show. I scrolled through comments but didn’t see mention of a feeding.

    52. CarolV July 6, 2018 at 4:48 pm - Reply

      Oh, Yeah, we’re in the holding pattern. Will check back @5

      • CarolV July 6, 2018 at 5:18 pm - Reply

        and. we’re back

        • CarolV July 6, 2018 at 6:26 pm - Reply

          AGAIN??? we just did this….. don’t usually have so close together…… will check in at 7

          We should have a contest. One picture from each end of the missing hour and see who can spot the most differences!

    53. Deb C. July 6, 2018 at 4:44 pm - Reply

      Omg Junior. How Adorable!!!

    54. CarolV July 6, 2018 at 4:35 pm - Reply

      George is in while Jane takes a break. He’s cleaning all around, When baby wakes up, George decides it’s a good time for some bonding.
      I swear Jane shows up everytime ,right after George gets comfy! He was in no hurry to move.

      • CarolV July 6, 2018 at 4:38 pm - Reply

        Jane re-enforces the baby gates…..

        HEY! Kayakers! Nice moves!

    55. CarolV July 6, 2018 at 4:17 pm - Reply

      George brought in another stick………… look at Jane… (;^}}

    56. CarolV July 6, 2018 at 3:32 pm - Reply

      George! Anymore weight and you’ll collapse the tower!
      Jane goes for a run.(maybe to perch)
      Squirmy almost looked like she was preening her wingette. Thought at first it was just bobblehead but did it a couple of times… Too early?

      • CatZ July 6, 2018 at 5:40 pm - Reply

        Noticed that too… bugs?? :/

      • Meli July 6, 2018 at 6:50 pm - Reply

        Yes! Ixve noticed that too.

    57. CarolV July 6, 2018 at 2:59 pm - Reply

      …….gggrrrroooooooooan…………………”rain on me, rain oonnnn mmmeee”… could it stop raining on me????

      Just got back from Riverhead, wnw of me, and after about 3-4 miles, it rained most of the way….. but still almost nothing here at my house. Humidity so thick, almost looks like surfaces are wet………at least it’s cooler, a bit

      • CarolV July 6, 2018 at 3:09 pm - Reply

        Showing off her many talon-ts..(;^] Jane went up to the perch for a few ……..

        Squirmy got a chance to dry out….

        • CarolV July 6, 2018 at 3:15 pm - Reply

          BTW! My sound came back! Suddenly noticed the wind sounds and can hear the osprey again! I bungled my way thru some settings and troubleshooting programs so I don’t know if it was pure luck on my part

    58. Chris July 6, 2018 at 2:54 pm - Reply

      Does anyone know if the chick was the first, second or last egg?

      • CarolV July 6, 2018 at 5:00 pm - Reply

        I’m lucky if I can tell chicks apart. The eggs just look beautiful to me. they keep rolling them around!

      • June c July 6, 2018 at 8:15 pm - Reply

        Hi I was looking at egg pics from all the posts..this is only my thoughts..Egg 1 n 3 very hard to tell apart..but the 2nd egg was more white then u see in nest now..I am guessing the 1st egg to hatch was egg #1..if it was egg #3 incubation would have been only 33 days..possible…I truly feel it was egg #1 that hatched..hard to believe because Jane did not sit on her egg at first…Only my thoughts…

    59. Earl Haffler July 6, 2018 at 2:47 pm - Reply

      Hi All. New here. So Looks like Junior ( seems to be what we are calling him) has been abandoned 2:45pm. Or may be Mom is just of camera.

      • CarolV July 6, 2018 at 7:43 pm - Reply

        There’s a spot off on right off camera where she sometimes sits. Or there’s a perch above that they sit on.

    60. Bonnie July 6, 2018 at 1:18 pm - Reply

      I am still worried about the chick receiving enough food. Dad is trying to feed chick, and then feeds mom; when she ‘feeds’ the chick; she does not do a good job. Extends toward the chick, and then she eats the bulk of the food, often eating each bite. This chick has continuously been looking thin – it needs a really good stuffing each day. I have not seen that happen. Wishing for the best.

      • Admin Shelli July 6, 2018 at 1:52 pm - Reply

        Bonnie, u must’ve missed several feedings where the chick has been stuffed.
        This chick has been very well fed.

        • Debbie Fulton July 6, 2018 at 4:13 pm - Reply

          Hi….. is there something wrong with the cam it stops at 15:59:53 than all i get is the circle if i refresh it starts from where i came in at to the same time as mentioned before.. Thanks

          • Admin Shelli July 6, 2018 at 4:33 pm - Reply

            We have to restart the cam everyday s9 it doesn’t quit streaming and lock up

    61. Lisa Marie July 6, 2018 at 12:43 pm - Reply

      Position of the camera really needs to be fixed. Slightly Vexed!!

      • CarolV July 6, 2018 at 3:01 pm - Reply

        Camera is fixed like that….. the nest is growing upward

    62. Jim Varney July 6, 2018 at 11:56 am - Reply

      Sure looks stormy

    63. Jim Varney July 6, 2018 at 11:55 am - Reply

      When do you suppose they will realize the eggs are no longer viable?

      • Admin Shelli July 6, 2018 at 12:34 pm - Reply

        I have seen raptors continue to incubate eggs for a month or more past their due date, so we just don’t know.

    64. Gammy Wilks July 6, 2018 at 11:50 am - Reply

      How is Junior handing the weather?

      • CarolV July 6, 2018 at 11:58 am - Reply

        She sheltered on George’s side and didn’t seem to happy. Jane came down and put the lid on it, so cozy now

    65. Trinity July 6, 2018 at 11:42 am - Reply

      Jane is getting in some short naps around 11:30 , poor dear looks tuckered out.

    66. CarolV July 6, 2018 at 11:32 am - Reply

      Nothing sadder than a wet hen!

      Storms must have traveled along the Sound(north side) of the Island. Little if anything over here. Likelihood of storms continuing for the next few hours.

      Also posting an AAwwwwwwwwwwwwwww moment from earlier.

      • CarolV July 6, 2018 at 11:56 am - Reply

        Here we go again……… pouring………… can hear the thunder in the distance…… still nothing over here……we need some, please!

    67. CarolV July 6, 2018 at 11:15 am - Reply

      I’m guessing Squirmy will be the only child…….. of course, me saying that will probably guarantee a second hatch (that’s why I rarely gamble)
      Anyhoo…….. my point is that I’m gonna suggest my pick for a name……. several references have been made to the Jetsons. I don’t remember if anyone suggested JET.

      Not just because it’s short for Jetson, but because of the way she gets around the nest- jet propelled!

    68. CarolV July 6, 2018 at 10:33 am - Reply

      George comes in with a fish. Looks fresh, still has part of head.
      Jane tries to take it while still on the nest cup ……..But George hangs on.

      • CarolV July 6, 2018 at 10:35 am - Reply

        Jane gives George a LOOK and he starts to feed her….. but the sleeping boss has awoken!

        • CarolV July 6, 2018 at 10:38 am - Reply

          George feeds Squirmy as Jane stands ; she got a bite or two…

          • CarolV July 6, 2018 at 10:39 am - Reply

            When Jane moved to the top of nest, George was alternating between the two!

            • CarolV July 6, 2018 at 11:05 am

              Jane took fish and flew. When she came back, she was making an effort to feed Squirmy, but got distracted cleaning up fallen pieces.
              George went behind her to get fish.
              He ate some himself

            • CarolV July 6, 2018 at 11:09 am

              He was feeding Squirmy……….. when the rain started……
              Jane is on the perch

              And the freakin’ spiraling circle starts! Just like any soap opera, now we have drama! Will the baby get wetter? Will she be covered? Stay tuned!

            • CarolV July 6, 2018 at 11:24 am

              oh, Hurray! The circling was brief, as was the shower!
              Squirmy sheltered on the downwind side of George.
              Jane came down and tried to put Squirmy in a better position as she settled on her

    69. Mary Drotar July 6, 2018 at 10:31 am - Reply

      Can anyone tell me if these last two eggs might not be viable? My 3 eagles nest that I watch in the spring all lost their eggs to weather conditions so none were viable. Now I’m nervous.

      • Admin Shelli July 6, 2018 at 10:42 am - Reply

        Mary, in my opinion if we don’t have a hatch today or tomorrow I don’t think we will.

        • Theresa E rosko July 6, 2018 at 10:58 am - Reply

          I agree…I am saddened and not optimistic

          • Admin Shelli July 6, 2018 at 11:05 am - Reply

            Ya know nature has a way of knowing what works for each nest…I’m relieved in a way – this little guy will be doted on and spoiled rotten! ♥️

            • nfc July 6, 2018 at 11:33 am

              Shelli— I hope you are feeling better. I also think it would be a good thing if only there is one hatch. If there are more babies, I worry about how Jane will handle it. George knows what to do, but Jane is learning. My thoughts come from watching the eagles and ospreys for three years. One baby definitely can get spoiled. Time will tell. The more days that go by, a new hatch baby would be at a disadvantage.

            • Paula July 6, 2018 at 12:13 pm

              Admin Shelli I agree totally but like CarolV didn’t want to jinx it. Hope you are feeling better and everything went well!

    70. Paula July 6, 2018 at 9:54 am - Reply

      Hi All,

      Looks quite windy there today. Has the front come through to cool it down yet? It has here in Ohio and it is starting to feel much better, thankfully. We’re supposed to get a few days that are less humid, thankfully, will take whatever break we can get!

      • CarolV July 6, 2018 at 10:54 am - Reply

        We’re supposed to get the front this afternoon. NYC was already getting rain. Moves w to e, so unless the cooler water breaks up the storms, t-storms heading out here this afternoon.78 now.@ 10:50

    71. CarolV July 6, 2018 at 9:53 am - Reply

      Scrolling back.. it’s been a busy morning.

      George brings large fish @6:14…… Jane took it and left

      • CarolV July 6, 2018 at 9:57 am - Reply

        Jane came back @6:28. George tried taking the fish, bot Jane’s talons were so stuck that she was hop-scotching across the nest as George dragged at her

        • CarolV July 6, 2018 at 9:59 am - Reply

          Poor Squirmy got buried in seaweed as the hopper went by!

          • CarolV July 6, 2018 at 10:03 am - Reply

            George feeding Squirmy

            • CarolV July 6, 2018 at 10:05 am

              “Oh, HI!, neighbors! Just running to store! See you’ve been already.”

            • CarolV July 6, 2018 at 10:08 am

              Jane went off with fish again. When she came back, she put the fish down, then went toward Squirmy. She was kina full, but making an attempt at sleep begging. Jane pulled the fish over and tried feeding baby. That’s when George reclaimed the fish.

            • CarolV July 6, 2018 at 10:43 am

              Other activity………… mandatory clump delivery
              ……………………… moving
              …………………………….Jane looks like she went for a dip
              ……………………..and George had 2 turns on the nest cup!

    72. Betsy July 6, 2018 at 9:37 am - Reply

      Sparrow went flitting across the nest …

    73. Betsy July 6, 2018 at 9:09 am - Reply

      This is a MOST unconventional osprey household!! One that Dr. B. should check out more!! The female osprey generally does not start fishing again until the chick(s) are about six weeks old. (The male, dedicated to providing for his family, does all of the hunting until the chicks are six weeks old. The male delivers the fish to the female on the nest who tears off pieces to feed to the young. At three to four weeks of age the chicks start to exercise their wings by holding onto the edge of the nest and flapping their wings. Mom then moves to a near by perch to guard the nest. The female may leave the nest to hunt when the chicks are six weeks old. The young start to feed themselves at this time.

      And, her comes Jane, truly unorthodox, having gone hunting for a fish when the chick is only 5 days old, returning to the nest with it partially eaten — the head, and the TAIL no less!! 😀 😀

      • Betsy July 6, 2018 at 9:11 am - Reply

        George had some job pulling it from Jane’s talons!! Tugging …

      • Betsy July 6, 2018 at 9:12 am - Reply

        and tugging …

      • Betsy July 6, 2018 at 9:13 am - Reply

        and tugging, causing Jane to hop-fly across the nest …

      • Betsy July 6, 2018 at 9:14 am - Reply

        until he got it to finally release from her foot!!

        • CarolV July 6, 2018 at 11:40 am - Reply

          This was funny! Was worried for Squirmy, but these osprey babies must be made of sponge! They bounce back!

      • Betsy July 6, 2018 at 9:18 am - Reply

        Area just in front of the tail end!!

      • Betsy July 6, 2018 at 9:32 am - Reply

        and, George fed the chick as Jane watched …

      • CarolV July 6, 2018 at 11:38 am - Reply

        Betsy… George brought that fish in at 6:14 and Jane went off with it. Oh, crap. thunder…………………

        • Betsy July 7, 2018 at 8:17 am - Reply

          CarolV: Yes, so he did!! 😀

      • Trinity July 6, 2018 at 11:41 am - Reply

        Because Jane is an independent boss lady 😀, best advice from my father “ don’t ever rely on a man ! “

        • Betsy July 7, 2018 at 8:22 am - Reply

          Trinity: Jane IS independent … but somehow I didn’t see George bring in the fish at 6:14 am!! So, it wasn’t Jane after all!! 😀 😀

    74. CarolV July 6, 2018 at 8:51 am - Reply

      Reviewing the morning……..
      The sun trying to break thru those clouds……………. we are expecting rain possible t-storms, sometime later.. predicted after 11 and throughout the afternoon

      About 5… George comes in and Jane blew out sideways…. so there’s a decent breeze….

      • CarolV July 6, 2018 at 11:51 am - Reply

        NOTE: We turned a page and more from today on previous page, if you choose to go back………..

    75. Betsy July 6, 2018 at 8:48 am - Reply

      Jane flying past the nest …

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